Forgiven Therefore Free: Stand Firm

October 14th, 2020

Galatians 5:1-6

90’s country music is a treasure chest of hidden gems.  I was born in ‘85, in the midwest, and spent a large amount of time on my grandparents dairy farm, so when I hear people talking about standing for something, a song begins playing: “You’ve got to Stand for something”, sung by Aaron Tippen.  The song is a classic, and I can assure you the music video will take you right back to 1991 in a hurry.

The song goes:“You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything, or you’ll fall for anything. You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string, never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name.  You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”

It’s true you’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything.  Many things seem good and true at first glance.  The question is: what do we stand firm in?  What do we use as a measure of truth and goodness?  Paul tells us to “stand firm therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

We are to stand firm in the gospel.  We are to look to the gospel for truth and goodness.

We don’t need to stand firm in a political party, or a way of living, or a style of parenting.  What we need to stand firm is in the gospel.

We need to stand firm in the knowledge that we are loved in spite of ourselves.

We need to stand firm in the knowledge that we are forgiven, and therefore we are free.

With our roots planted firmly in the gospel, we make decisions on political parties, how we are going to live our lives, recycling, what books we read, what foods we eat and how we parent and every other aspect of our lives.

We do not need to be slaves to a political view, the type of parents we are, the foods we eat, or the television we watch.

If we rooted our lives in the laws we keep and the things we do, we would not have a firm place to stand on.  There would be no structure.  Our lives would crumble around us on a regular basis, because we can not keep the law.  “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).

Standing firm in the gospel means that no matter what is changing around us, we are on a firm foundation.

We stand on Christ and what he has done for us.  Our foundation is not in us or what we do.  Our foundation is in the one who has always been and always will be.

“He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’”  Psalm 89:26

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